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NEXT LEVEL SERVING

Matthew 20:20-28

  • Who are the most important people at Celebration Church?
  • Jesus – “Anyone wanting to be a leader among you must be your servant. And if you want to be right at the top, you must serve like a slave. Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve.” (Matthew 20:26-28)
  • The most crucial people at Celebration Church are those who serve the Lord by serving others with their time and talents (Matthew 20:26-28).
  • The Bible tells us that God has: 1) Created us to serve Him by serving others (Ephesians 2:10), 2) Called us to serve Him by serving others (Romans 7:4), and 3) Gifted us so we can serve Him by serving others (Romans 12:6-11, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11).
  • “God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” (1 Peter 4:10)
  • Why does God want us to be involved in serving Him and others, and what steps can we take to obey this directive from Him?

 

We Need To Be Involved In Serving God And Others Because:
THERE IS LOTS OF WORK TO BE DONE

  • At Celebration we minister to thousands of people in our worship services, and so on a typical weekend we need lots of people serving with the Facility, Greeting, Kidztown, Midpoint, Music, Prayer Counseling, Worship Tech, etc. ministries.
  • In a typical week at Celebration we need lots of people involved in serving in our Administration, Community Outreach, Discipleship, Hospital Visitation, Follow-up, Kidztown, Life Group, Midpoint, Social (Youth) and other ministries.
  • A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” (1 Corinthians 12:7)
  • The secret to Celebration’s success over the years has been the power of God’s Spirit and the efforts of God’s people.
  • “Never be lazy . . . , but serve the Lord enthusiastically.” (Romans 12:11)

We Need To Be Involved In Serving God And Others Because:
WE NEED TO GROW A TON

  • “You must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18)
  • We grow in the “grace of the Lord” by studying His Word and by serving Him through serving others.
  • As we serve the Lord and others we learn about the values of: 1) Dependability (1 Corinthians 4:2), 2) Expediency (Ecclesiastes 11:4), 3) Humility (1 Peter 5:6), 4) Opportunity (Galatians 6:10), and 5) Unity (1 Corinthians 12:22, 27).
  • As we serve the Lord and others we also learn about the value of Reciprocity.
  • “You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit” (Galatians 6:7-8)

We Need To Be Involved In Serving God And Others Because:
THERE ARE MANY SOULS TO BE WON

  • Jesus – “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent Me, and from finishing His work. You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!” (John 4:34-36)
  • If we really care about people experiencing the abundant and eternal life that the Lord give to His people, we will get involved in serving God by serving others.

We Need To Be Involved In Serving God And Others Because:
SERVING THE LORD IS FUN

  • When you obey My commandments, you remain in My love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with My joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” (John 15:10-11)
  • There are lots of fun things to do in life, but serving with others in ways that blesses God and benefits people brings lots of joy and purpose to our lives.

We Need To Be Involved In Serving God And Others Because:
WE’RE UNDER THE GUN

  • Jesus – “We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the One who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.” (John 9:4)
  • We never know when Jesus may return or our time on earth may be over, so we need to get involved in serving the Lord and others while we can.
  • “Don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another” (Galatians 5:13)
  • What are the Lord’s rewards for those who serve Him and others? When we serve the Lord and others we will see Lives being Changed.
    • Philip went to the city of Samaria and told the people there about the Messiah. . . . Many evil spirits were cast out . . .And many who had been paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was great joy in that city.” (Acts 8:5-8)
  • When we serve the Lord and others we’ll receive Commendations from Him.
    • “God will not forget how hard you have worked for Him and how your have shown your love to Him by caring for other Christians.” (Hebrews 6:10)
    • The Lord in Heaven – “Well done good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21)
  • When we serve the Lord by and others we will receive Directions for Eternity.
    • Jesus – “’Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things so; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21)
  • Most of what we do in life doesn’t matter – but serving God always matters.
  • Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for Him is a waste of time or effort.” (1 Corinthians 15:58 Msg)
  • How does God want me to use my time and talents to serve Him and others – and what ministries do I need to get involved in at Celebration Church?

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FIRST STEPS is the membership course for Celebration Church. This four-week course is designed to help the participant understand his first steps at Celebration Church, all the while setting him up for his next steps of growth and service.

  • Introduces Salvation, Baptism and Christian Growth.
  • History and Vision of Celebration
  • Promotes Worship Service Attendance and Church Involvement
  • Introduces Celebration Statement of Beliefs
  • Launches Participants into Life Group
  • Introduces Celebration Serve Team Categories
  • Launches Participants into Serve Teams
  • Introduces Celebration Church Values and Spiritual Freedom
  • Reviews Membership Expectations
  • Launches Participants towards NEXT STEPS and DISCIPLESHIP PATHWAYS

The FIRST STEPS course takes place on four consecutive weeks

(Lesson One = Week One, Lesson Two = Week Two…). If someone misses a week one month, they can return the following month and make it up. Although people can start at any point, the flow of the course works better if they begin on Week one.

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Celebration Family and Guests,

Welcome to Celebration Church – where today we’re participating in Communion together and celebrating TEAM SUNDAY. This is a day when we affirm and appreciate all of the people who serve regularly in our Church ministries, thanking them for using their time and abilities to serve the Lord and minister to people. And it’s also a day when we want to encourage other attendees to get involved in serving on one of our Church Ministry Teams.

You can inquire about our Church Ministry Teams by clicking HERE, and also let us know of your interest in participating on one on a regular or occasional basis. We’ve discovered at Celebration that the happiest people in our Church family are those who are regularly involved in serving the Lord and others with their time and abilities.

This Sunday we are also concluding our THE NEXT LEVEL sermon series. THE NEXT LEVEL sermon series has been based on the stories and teaching of Jesus in Matthew 17-18. This series has been helping us learn how to grow in our faith and fellowship of Jesus. In this series we’ve learn how to: 1) deepen our relationship with Jesus, 2) help friends and family members overcome struggles and stronghold in their lives, 3) become “great” in God’s Kingdom, 4) reach our friends and family members with the message and ministry of Jesus, and 5) reconcile broken relationships. If you would like to access messages from our THE NEXT LEVEL sermon series, go to www.celebrationchurch.org/media.

Next Sunday we’re beginning a new sermon series based on Matthew 19-20 titled TOUGH STUFF. In this series, based on Matthew 19-20, we’re learning from Jesus how to have stronger marriages, live a satisfying life as a single adult, become a better parent and much more. Plan to join us in the upcoming weeks either in-person or online as we learn how to become stronger and more effective followers of Jesus.

On Saturday, October 15, we will be hosting our annual Difference-makers Conference for our Celebration Leaders and Future Leaders. Our Saturday morning conference will include a great worship set, teaching in our general sessions by Pastor Mike Haman (Healing Place Church), helpful Ministry Training Break-out Sessions, and lots of fun and fellowship. The first general session begins at 8:30 am, but breakfast will be available at 8:00 am (until 8:30 am). Child-care will also be available throughout the Conference.

Our Difference-makers Conference will be a great time of encouragement, equipping and empowerment. Be sure to plan to join us. You can register HERE.

If you want to Make A Decision, share Prayer Requests with us or Give to support God’s work through Celebration Church, you can do so right here on our Digital Worship Guide. Lives are being changed, marriages are being reconciled, families are being restored and people are experiencing the transforming power of Jesus as a result of your support of our Church’s ministry through your prayers, service and giving.

Dennis Watson

Lead Pastor, Celebration Church

KIDS & TEENS MINISTRIES

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Kidztown Children’s Ministry is all about partnering with parents to disciple the children who attend our church. Our Uptown ministry targets 1st through 4th Grade students, and our Downtown ministry is aimed at Birth to Kindergarten students. Each ministry area is a safe, secure and nurturing educational environment with our leaders and trained volunteers.

The Children’s Ministry of Celebration Church has a three-fold life purpose for every child, which is no different than the purpose for an adult’s life!

We want children to:

• Learn about Jesus
• Live for Jesus
• Let others know about Jesus

Our three-fold life purpose is designed to be experienced by our babies and toddlers just as much as it can be experienced by our elementary students. We want our babies to feel the love of Jesus the minute they come through our doorway.
As songs are sung and stories are read, children will understand that they are special in God’s Kingdom and will begin to open up their hearts and minds to receive the “Good News” of Jesus Christ. Our goal is for every child to become fully devoted followers of Christ, by asking Jesus to be their forever friend!

It is our privilege to partner with parents, grandparents and other significant adults in a child’s life as we embark on this journey together. The precious children that have been entrusted to our loving care are a treasure to us as well. We believe there is no greater call that to make a difference in the life of a child.

Visit our website by clicking the button below to meet our staff or apply to become a volunteer.

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Midpoint is a ministry just for 5th through 7th graders. Because we know that kids at this age are trying to figure out whether they are children or pre-teens, our Midpoint leaders work hard to create a “cool” atmosphere in the context of a very safe and protected environment. Their leaders and pastors teach them an age-appropriate message and then the young people are challenged to talk through how to apply those biblical principles to their lives in small group discussions.

Midpoint meets during all weekend worship services. Students join their parents for the music portion of the service and then are dismissed during the video announcements where leaders take them to their designated ministry area. Midpoint also has periodic outreach events, parties, field trips, games, crafts and other fun experiences centered around 5th through 7th graders.

Visit our website by clicking the button below to meet our staff or apply to become a volunteer.

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The Social Youth Ministry is designed so our teenagers (8th-12th grade) can meet weekly for a fun, exciting, and relevant youth service that focuses on challenging teenagers in their daily lives. This service is planned with the intention of encouraging, motivating, and inspiring young people to overcome the challenges they face in life and to make a difference in the world they live in through Jesus Christ! All of our youth services are relevant to the searching teen, understandable to the new believer, and challenging for the mature believer. Throughout the week youth meet in small groups called Life Groups. Life Groups provide a community experience where teens can share what is happening in their lives and hold each other accountable for following the Bible lessons learned in their weekly Wednesday night service. Visit our website by clicking the button below to meet our staff or apply to become a volunteer.

 

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